MLB notes: Dodgers expect Kershaw to start home opener

Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

The Los Angeles Dodgers expect 2011 Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw to be ready for the home opener Tuesday against the Pirates, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Kershaw had the stomach flu, but gutted out three innings in his debut Thursday. He threw his regular bullpen session Saturday.

"He's definitely better than he was the other day," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters Sunday. "I think he's expecting to go, but we're going to probably have to pay attention to him. He's in there doing his workouts. He's eating, but it's more bland foods and things like that. He's not exactly firing up the Mexican grill yet.

"Right now, it looks like he's going to start the game. I think we're going to have to pay attention to him strength-wise as far as body, how long he goes."

Kershaw did not allow a run in his debut, but vomited after he left the field.

FISTER GOES ON DL

Detroit Tigers pitcher Doug Fister was placed on the disabled list Sunday with an injury to his left side. The right-hander was injured in his first start of the season, a 10-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. He allowed three hits in 3 2/3 innings, he walked one and struck out three. He left the game with a left costochondral strain. Right-hander Brayan Villarreal was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to replace Fister. Fister provided a huge boost to the Tigers last season, when he went 8-1 down the stretch after being acquired from Seattle.

TWIN STILL SICK

Minnesota Twins pitcher Liam Hendriks remained hospitalized in Baltimore Sunday with an apparent case of food poisoning, MLB.com reported Sunday.

Hendriks, who was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, is expected to stay in the hospital overnight and be released Monday.

"They are talking about keeping him another night," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com. "Terry (Ryan, the Twins general manager) talked to him and told him, 'If you're feeling fine and you want to try to make our flight back, you're the only person that can get (you) out of the hospital.' Our doctors are talking to their doctors, but they're talking about keeping him an extra night. They don't think it would be a good idea to get on an airplane."

Hendriks was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Orioles, but he was replaced by Anthony Swarzak.

BRIEFLY

The San Diego Padres acquired pitcher Brian Tallet from the Pittsbugh Pirates. The left-handed reliever worked just 13 1/3 innings combined last season with the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis, and was claimed off waivers by the Pirates in the winter ... The Houston Astros claimed outfielder Justin Maxwell from the New York Yankees Sunday. Maxwell has 122 games of big league experience, all with the Nationals (2007, 2009-10) ... San Diego Padres pitcher Dustin Moseley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. Moseley dislocated his left shoulder several times in 2011 before opting for season-ending surgery in July to repair the capsule and labrum in that shoulder.

 


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